Audrey Tang to deliver statement for Taiwan at U.S. Summit for Democracy

12/08/2021 12:52 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) will represent Taiwan in delivering its national statement at the "Summit for Democracy" that was organized by the United States and will be held virtually later this week.

The pre-recorded national statement will be delivered by Tang, who is responsible for digital issues, at the summit being held Dec. 9-10, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Wednesday.

Aside from delivering the statement, Tang will also take part in a group panel discussion on the topic "Countering Digital Authoritarianism and Affirming Democratic Values," according to the statement.

She will be joining U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power in the discussion and share Taiwan's experience in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and digital governance, it said.

Two Taiwanese NGOs, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, will also participate in separate working group discussions at the summit, according to MOFA.

The "Summit for Democracy" was organized by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden "to renew democracy at home and confront autocracies abroad."

It is expected to focus on three principle themes -- "defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights," according to a U.S. State Department press release.

"The summit will provide a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad," the State Department said.

Taiwan is among 110 delegations invited to the summit, according to a list released by the State Department last month.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity in a White House background briefing on Tuesday, said Taiwan was invited because it can make meaningful commitments on the summit's themes.

Washington sees Taiwan as a "global leader in developing best practices for safeguarding against disinformation and then the use of emerging technology to make governance more transparent and responsive," the official said.

(By Joseph Yeh and Chiang Chin-yeh)

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